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Literary Journal Begins Publication; New Poems Now Being Accepted

Co-founder Katie Wheeler holds the Literary Journal's first issue.

Co-founder Katie Wheeler holds the Literary Journal's first issue.

Samantha Wasson

Co-founder Katie Wheeler holds the Literary Journal's first issue.

Samantha Wasson

Samantha Wasson

Co-founder Katie Wheeler holds the Literary Journal's first issue.


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GRC is filled to the brim with creative students. Writers, artists, and poets walk the halls every day, their journals full of eloquent thoughts and ideas.

For years, these imaginative souls have not been able to share their work with the masses.

Luckily, however, these days are over. Thanks to GRC’s new Literary Journal, authors and artists from all over the school can publish their works for everyone to see.

The journal’s founders, seniors Katie Wheeler and Anthony Kirk, created the journal as an outlet for students’ creativity.

“The journal was created for the students, by the students,” said Kirk. “You can turn in anything you want to the journal.”

Each issue of the journal has a different theme, and students can turn in pieces that relate to that theme. The first issue of the journal was published in the fall, and the theme was Halloween.

Numerous pieces were submitted, ranging from short poems about zombies to drawings of spooky clowns and aliens. Some of the submitted pieces were even class assignments.

“You can submit things from school assignments or anything you feel confident in publishing,” said Wheeler, “It’s just important to get your voice out there.”

The upcoming issue’s theme is winter, and the journal’s staff asks students to submit art, poetry, short stories, etc., that are related to winter, whether it be literal or metaphorical.

A major goal the founders have is to eventually be able to take the journal out into the community, so a broader audience is reached.

“Ideally, people’s artwork and writing could go out and anyone could read it,” said Wheeler.

Wheeler and Kirk are very optimistic for the future of the journal. They hope for the literary journal to become a well-known outlet for all of the creativity with which GRC is overflowing.

The first step in this, however, is for students to get involved and submit their work.

“Don’t have any fear,” Kirk said, encouraging students to participate in the journal.
“We are not here to judge you. We genuinely want you to get published.”

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Samantha Wasson, Photo Editor

Samantha "Sam" Wasson is a Senior and second-year Smoke Signals member. She loves Chinese food and plays "Treat You Better" by Shawn Mendes on repeat.

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